The Red Wings squandered their lead in the third period, losing 3-2 to the LA Kings and missing out on two key points in the Western Conference standings. Goals from Valtteri Filppula and Todd Bertuzzi gave Detroit a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission, but LA scored three unanswered tallies including two in the third period to rally for the win. MLive.com noted that Saturday’s game was the third in four contests that the Wings have lost after holding a two-goal lead.
In Other News
- The Wings play in a very important stretch of games over the next week, facing opponents like Phoenix, Colorado and Minnesota who sit close to Detroit in the standings.
- Veteran forward Kris Draper lost a bet to defenseman Brett Lebda on which of their respective countries would win the World Junior Championship. Since USA beat Canada in overtime, Draper had to don a USA jersey during Wednesday’s practice much to the delight of Lebda.
- Chris McCosky of The Detroit News believes that forward Ville Leino will be the odd player out when GM Ken Holland goes to trim the roster as forwards start returning to the lineup from their respective injuries. Winging It In Motown has three theories for why management is doing what they’re doing with Leino.
- Holland spoke with MLive.com, refuting a comment made by FSDetroit color commentator Mickey Redmond that defenseman Andreas Lilja would play next week.
- Kyle at Winging It In Motown interviewed Detroit prospect Willie Coetzee, covering a wide range of topics.
- MLive.com reports that Tomas Holmstrom has done some late skating this week after suffering a hairline fracture on Jan. 6. He hopes to return by Jan. 29 or 31, but that may be a little ambitious.